60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Blog

Around the Arms Library

Glimpsing the Deerfield River glinting as it flows over the Potholes on a sunny day is one of my favorite things while working in my office. It’s a timeless, sweet early spring scene. I am always reminded of why I love being here. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty and serenity of our hilltown.

Underneath this surface is a sense of urgency. The Arms Library has long been a place of welcome and acceptance. Here the community may gather together, or in solitude, to pursue education, enlightenment, and accurate, honest information without censorship. The resources public libraries offer are available to all without prejudice to origin, age, background, economics, gender, or viewpoints.

Libraries continue to be the strong, ethical institutions they have been since their inception in this country. At the Arms we have long embraced, as part of our Collection Development Policy, the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement. These two documents are included in our Collection Development Policy, which is currently being revisited by our Arms Library Board of Trustees. A link to the policy will be provided after a revision that more accurately reflects our times. For now, you may visit these two American Library Association documents at the links above.

We have finished our new website, having worked with Anne Campbell, who created and designed it. As part of our new website, I will be writing blogs for our library. Sometimes serious, sometimes playful, at other times a list of what’s new at the library. This first one, as you see, counts as one of the serious ones.

I wish you well,
Laurie Wheeler